Here's the thing about living in a one-bathroom apartment: there's no such thing as true privacy. It's the only option for guests, so it has to accessible, presentable, and, if possible, comfortable at all times to anyone who comes into my apartment.
(Also, here's the thing about living with a dog: he doesn't understand the concept of privacy, so expect to have your showers guarded by a furry four-legged creature who won't let you close the door to the bathroom just in case you somehow magically disappear and leave him all alone while you're in there. But that's not actually relevant to this post, so let's move on.)
My bathroom is pretty compact, making it easy to maintain a standard of cleanliness, and it's got minimal storage space, so keeping everything tidy is simple. There aren't any cupboards and I installed the only two shelves after moving in; I can see all of my products all of the time and any potential mess has nowhere to hide! Because there's not much taking up space - it's got the basics: a bathtub/shower, a pedestal sink, a toilet, a mirror, a towel rack, and the two shelves plus a deeply recessed narrow window - it seems a bit bare. I'd love my bathroom to look like a page from a Pottery Barn magazine, but it's small and slightly cramped and it barely gets any natural light. How does one decorate a bathroom?
Like Whitney, I consider coordinating my shower curtain and my bathmat to be as comprehensive as it gets. (Mine are both white, by the way.) I'm still using the towels I got for college in 2004. (We didn't put any linens on our wedding registry and I'm waiting until I see a super sale somewhere to buy a good new set in a color that Jon likes, too.) And - well, what else is there?
I'll tell you how Jon would answer that question: he'd say that bathrooms are a place for comedic art. I taped up two little Monet landscapes, also remnants from my college days, on the wall above the towel rack when I first moved in, but they looked really scrappy so I took them down after only a few weeks. When I asked Jon what I should replace them with, he suggested cartoons.
Cartoons? Well, okay! I can work with humor and illustrations. Of course, my definition of "comedic art" is slightly different than Jon's, but being guided by that idea is proving to be quite fun! I like topical pieces that participate in social commentary, so over the summer I had the Bert and Ernie / SCOTUS New Yorker cover framed and it's now hanging above my towel rack, and I like the idea of creating a whole gallery wall of works like that. Here are some of my favorites from the newsstand and the internet:
New Yorker covers (L-R) from 10/17/11, 09/10/12, and 06/03/13
Any other ideas, dear readers? I'd love to see some of your favorites that could work! (And if you have other thoughts on bathroom decor, pass them along. I could be persuaded to do almost anything...)